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AmigaDOS manual

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AmigaDOS manual

Introduction

The AmigaDOS software is contained in files stored on the system partition. They all are binaries, either programs usable by the user or libraries or other sets of functions usable by AmigaDOS.

You can think of AmigaDOS as a complete system for operating the computer and its peripherals.

The Shell

The Shell is a "command line interface" (CLI) that provides a lot of features to interact with the operating system. Simply put, it means that you use an "interface" (in this case a shell window) to send commands to the computer which will use this same interface to display results to your commands.

For historical reasons, you will still find references to the CLI in AmigaOS but this is really a shell that is used everywhere in the system.

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Starting a shell

You can open a shell doing like this:

  • Double click the Shell icon, that you can find in the System folder of the system partition.

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  • Use the Execute requester of the Workbench and issue one of the following commands "newshell", "newcli" or "cli".

Using a shell

A shell being a text only interface you will use it almost exclusively with the keyboard. There are a few graphic elements that will require the use of a mouse: menu items, window sliders, tabs...

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